Florida Man Executed In Boy's Rape, Murder

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: February 12, 2014, 8:30pm

By TAMARA LUSH

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A man has been executed in Florida for raping and killing a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago, a death that spurred the victim's parents to press nationwide for stronger sexual predator confinement laws.

Authorities say 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County. Testimony showed Chavez raped the boy, shot him when he tried to escape, then dismembered his body.

Ryce's parents turned the tragedy's pain into a push for stronger U.S. laws regarding confinement of sexual predators and improved police procedures in missing child cases.


News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: February 12, 2014, 7:30pm

By TAMARA LUSH

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the last-minute appeals of a Florida man scheduled for execution for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago.

The court issued brief orders Wednesday night rejecting the appeals, which focused on a challenge to Florida's method of lethal injection. The exact time was uncertain for the execution later Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. It had been delayed from the original 6 p.m. time because of the appeals.


News Release: Associated Press News

By TAMARA LUSH

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Last-minute appeals have temporarily delayed the planned Florida execution of a man sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago.

Forty-six-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. But a 6 p.m. execution time passed while officials awaited a final ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Chavez has raised legal challenges to Florida's method of lethal injection, among other claims.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after he got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in Miami-Dade County. Trial testimony showed Chavez raped the boy and shot him.

Ryce's death prompted changes in the U.S. legal system regarding civil commitment of dangerous child predators.


News Release: CBS Miami

Updated: February 12, 2014, 6:30pm

A last minute appeal has delayed the execution of Juan Carlos Chavez.

The Governor's Office is waiting for more from US Supreme Court.

More updates to follow.


Associated Press News Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A man who raped and killed a 9-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County 18 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection.

Juan Carlos Chavez is scheduled for execution at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County. Trial testimony showed Chavez raped the boy, shot him when he tried to escape, then dismembered his body.

Chavez is still pursuing state and federal appeals. Among his claims: Florida's lethal injection procedure is unconstitutional.

Ryce's parents tried to alleviate the pain of the tragedy by pushing for laws regarding confinement of sexual predators and working to improve police procedures in missing child cases.


News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: January 31, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court is rejecting final appeals from the man who kidnapped, raped and murdered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce on his way home from school almost 20 years ago.

Juan Carlos Chavez, 46, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 12 for the Sept. 11, 1995 murder in a rural area in Miami-Dade County.

Chavez tried to raise questions about Florida's lethal injections procedures and was seeking public records to bolster his case.

The high court unanimously rejected the arguments and stated that many of them mirrored objections raised by another Death Row inmate.

The murder of Ryce horrified the state and led to the passage of the Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows authorities to commit dangerous sexual predators to mental institutions once they have completed their prison terms.


News Release: Associated Press News

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The father of Jimmy Ryce says he's grateful that Gov. Rick Scott has set an execution date for the boy's killer.

Don Ryce met with members of the media Friday afternoon at his home in Vero Beach. He told reporters that time doesn't heal all wounds, but it does heal over scars.

Jimmy Ryce was kidnapped, raped and murdered almost 20 years ago in rural Miami-Dade County. Scott signed a death warrant Thursday for Juan Carlos Chavez, who was convicted in 1998. Chavez is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 12.

Jimmy had just left his school bus when Chavez kidnapped him. He raped the boy and held him at gunpoint, finally shooting him as he tried to escape. He chopped the body up, put the remains in large planters and then sealed them with concrete.


News Release: Associated Press News

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The father of Jimmy Ryce is expected to talk about the newly scheduled execution date of his son's killer.

Don Ryce is scheduled to meet with members of the media Friday afternoon at his home in Vero Beach.

Jimmy Ryce was kidnapped, raped and murdered almost 20 years ago in rural Miami-Dade County. Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant Thursday for Juan Carlos Chavez, who was convicted in 1998. Chavez is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 12.

Jimmy had just left his school bus when Chavez kidnapped him. He raped the boy and held him at gunpoint, finally shooting him as he tried to escape. He chopped the body up, put the remains in large planters and then sealed them with concrete.


News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The man who raped and murdered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce almost 20 years ago is scheduled to be executed Feb. 12.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant Thursday for 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez, who kidnapped, raped then dismembered the boy on Sept. 11, 1995

Jimmy was abducted after being dropped off by a school bus near his home in south Miami-Dade County. Chavez took him back to his trailer, where he raped him. He held Jimmy captive for three hours before he shot the boy as he tried to escape. He later cut up his body. Investigators found the remains three months later in concrete-filled planters.

Lawmakers later passed the Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows the civil commitment of dangerous sexual predators once they have completed their prison terms.


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